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Jeff Eller Appointed President of Northern California Network of Adventist Health

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Jeff Eller has been named president of the Northern California Network (NCN), according to Bill Wing, senior vice president of Adventist Health. Eller will replace Terry Newmyer who announced his resignation in October 2013. Eller will leave his current position as CEO of Sonora Regional Medical Center to assume this role, effective February 3, 2014.

“I am looking forward to working with the excellent caregivers in the Northern California Network to expand Adventist Health’s mission and reputation in Northern California,” said Eller.

“Jeff’s emphasis on growth and quality along with his administrative experience and strong record in clinical operations makes him an excellent fit for the position of President of NCN,” said Wing, “Also, his strength in team building, physician relations and community relations will be great assets to the organization.”

The NCN includes Howard Memorial Hospital, St. Helena Hospital Center for Behavioral Health, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and Ukiah Valley Medical Center.

Eller served as the CEO of Sonora Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed acute-care facility, for five years. During his tenure, Eller expanded services in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties by opening 10 additional network clinics with 22 new physicians and three mid-level providers, a second retail pharmacy and a pediatric clinic to serve Medi-Cal patients. He added Hospice Services, acquired an Ambulatory Surgery Center, opened the Live Well Be Well Center, established the Center for Joint Replacement and opened the Women’s Breast Health Center.

In addition, Eller successfully turned around the financial position of the hospital and led in acquiring the property adjacent to the medical center with plans to construct a 65,000 square foot medical pavilion to meet the community’s growing health care needs. Under his leadership, SRMC significantly improved patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores as well as quality core measure results. This earned SRMC a spot among the top 18 percent of hospitals nationwide as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

Prior to assuming his current duties, Eller served as vice president at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. In addition, he served as executive director of diagnostic and support services at San Joaquin Community Hospital and held a variety of administrative positions at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Kettering Medical Center.

Eller is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, he received his M.B.A. with an emphasis in Human Resources. He also holds a B.S. from Loma Linda University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Tuolumne County Business Council, and a member of the Hospital Council of Northern California. Eller and his wife, DeeAnna, have two adult sons.

Eller will initiate a search to fill the position of President and CEO at the three St. Helena campuses.